Valarie Allman celebrates after winning the women's discus throw competition during ISTAF 2021 athletics meeting at on Sept. 12, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.
After winning the Olympic gold medal and the Diamond League Trophy this year, Valarie Allman still longed to throw farther than one other person: herself.
Allman did just that Sunday, winning the women’s discus throw in Berlin at the Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF) meet.
Her first attempt flew 71.16 meters (233 feet, 5 inches), a personal best by a meter which held up for the victory.
The “AR” next to Allman’s name on the results sheet did not stand for American record – although it was certainly that, eclipsing her own mark of 70.15 meters (230-2) from 2020. Allman now has eight of the top 10 throws in Team USA history - and her 68.80 in the final round in Berlin would have given her nine if secondary throws in a series were counted on the official list.
No, this AR stood for Area Record, with Allman breaking the North & Central American & Caribbean record of 70.88 meters set by Cuba’s Hilda Ramos in 1992.
“This season, it’s been filled with so many magic moments,” Allman said. “The one thing I want to do every season is try to improve my best - 2021 was coming to the end and to have a PR feels so good! All the work paying off and to see that show up is really special.”
The 26-year-old Colorado native also shattered the meet record of 68.64 meters by Margitta Pufe of East Germany that had lasted since 1979.
And, finally, the mark was the longest throw in the world this year – surpassing Jorinde Van Klinken of the Netherlands, who threw 70.22 in May — giving Allman the coved “WL” next to her name.
“HOLY MACARONI,” Allman posted on Instagram below a photo showing her and coach Zebulon Sion next to the scoreboard with the winning distance.
That was a fitting exclamation since Allman’s career began with pasta. Back in high school, the promise of a spaghetti dinner tempted athletes to try the field events. That led Allman, who had been a competitive dancer, to discover a new passion in life.
Allman wastes no time in the ring, digging in right from the start. At the Olympics, Diamond League final and in Berlin, her first throw was her best.
During the rain-soaked competition in Tokyo, Allman’s first attempt was 68.98 meters and she threw 69.20 in Zurich for the Diamond League crown.
“My coach and I always talk about being able to set the tone right at the start of the competition,” Allman said in Tokyo.
As soon as she uncorked her mighty throw in Berlin, Allman was smiling - and her smile grew even wider after the discus landed. She punched the air in celebration before a crowd of about 20,000 at the meet, which was a Continental Tour Silver competition.